Samsung’s Galaxy Book 3 will feature an OLED panel that uses on-cell technology that embeds sensors directly into the display to create a thinner, lighter touchscreen. The company’s display manufacturing arm announced that it has started mass-producing the tech for laptops and says it will come with “select models” of the “next-generation Galaxy Book series” (via ZDNET).
These panels use what’s called touch-on-cell (OCTA) AMOLED technology. Instead of putting touch sensors on a “film” on the surface of the panel, it embeds touch sensors directly into the panel, “reducing the thickness and weight” of the screen. Companies such as Samsung and Apple are already using this type of technology in smartphones, and bringing it into laptops could help make them even more portable.
Samsung claims the display will support 3K resolution with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 120Hz refresh rate, which follows leaked Galaxy Book 3 Ultra specs that indicate the device will feature a 16-inch 3K Super AMOLED panel. Samsung Display is also expected to sell this technology to other manufacturers – a good sign for Apple’s MacBook Pro which is expected to feature a touchscreen OLED display in 2025. Outside of Macs, the iPhone has long used a Similar technology, as the launch of the iPhone 5 saw the addition of a touchscreen which uses in-cell technology which allows for a slimmer display.
Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Book 3 at its Unpacked event on February 1. It’s unclear if the entire Galaxy Book 3 Pro lineup will come with OLED touchscreen displays or if it will be limited to the high-end Book3 Pro 360 and Book 3 Ultra models. Luckily, Galaxy Unpacked is just over a week away, where we’ll finally get a glimpse of all these new devices in addition to the heavily leaked Galaxy S23 phone.